Academy Nominations

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It is my honor to nominate Wyoming residents to the US Service Academies. A commission from a Service Academy – Air Force, Navy, West Point, or Merchant Marine – is a great place to begin a career serving in our nation’s armed forces. Applicants should start working on each academy’s requirements early. It is imperative to complete forms accurately and to be mindful of deadlines. The Coast Guard handles its own application and appointment process.

Competition for the appointments is rigorous. Successful students have
• Strong High School GPAs
• High scores on the ACT or SAT
• Demonstrated leadership and strength of character through participation in sports, extracurricular activities, employment, and community service

An appointment requires two applications – one for a Congressional nomination and one to the individual service academy(s).

Requirements for a NOMINATION application:
Application Form
  Submit both a hard and electronic copy
Essay describing career goals
• Photograph (must fit in box on hard copy of application form)
• High School transcript
• ACT or SAT Scores
• Three letters of recommendation from people who know you well

Your application must be postmarked no later than October 31, 2021. Mail all of the above to
US Senator John Barrasso
ATTN: Daniel Gallegos
PO Box 22201
Casper, WY 82602

Note: The application form can be filled out online, rather than by hand, through the link above, but it must then be printed and mailed to the Casper, Wyoming address. To do this, open the application link and fill out the form. Once you have completed the form, use the download button at the top right corner of the screen to download the filled out form. Make sure you choose the option to download the form with your changes kept. The downloaded pdf can then be reopened from your computer and printed with all the information filled out. If you simply click the print button without first downloading your completed form, the application will print blank.

Academy Board Interview
In addition to your application, you must interview with my Academy Board. Interviews are in Casper, typically a Saturday in December. The three Wyoming Congressional offices conduct their boards in the Dick Cheney Federal Building and usually on the same date.

To Prepare For Your Interview, Be Prepared To Describe and Discuss:
• The three officer procurement programs – Service Academies, Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and Officer Candidate School (OCS)
• The relationship between the officer and enlisted ranks
• The expectations placed on a newly commissioned officer

Based on the board’s recommendation, I will announce my nominations by early January. Each academy will then make their appointments based on character, scholarship, test scores, leadership, physical and medical fitness, motivation, and suitability for a military career.

Contact my Military Liaison, Daniel Gallegos in my Casper office (307-261-6413) with questions. He can help you create the strongest application packet possible.

Application Essay Must
• Be 3-4 pages, double spaced
• Describe your career goals
• Explain why you want to attend a service academy. What is your motivation?
• Discuss how the military fits with your goals
• Describe how past experiences will prepare you to be a successful cadet/midshipman

Test Scores
Results of the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or American College Training (ACT) scores should be sent to my Cheyenne office by using the code number 4985 for the SAT and 7200 for the ACT.

Coast Guard Academy
The United States Coast Guard Academy does not require a formal nomination by a member of Congress. However, if you apply to the Coast Guard Academy, my office would like to hear about your interest and background. Contact info above.

Academy Board Members

Captain (Ret.) Mike Morrissey

Mike Morrissey is a retired Navy Captain and married to Jody Jennings. After his active duty junior officer tour as a Navy Submarine Officer, Mike transitioned to the Active Reserve where he served within the US Space Command and US Strategic Command as well as supporting the Defense Support to Civilian Authorities (DoD support to FEMA efforts) before retiring in 2016. Mike was recalled to Active Duty in 2014 to support the Naval Forces Central Command and Combined Maritime Forces in Bahrain. Mike is currently a Regional Business Manager for Rocky Mountain Power, an electric power utility based in Salt Lake City which serves a majority of Wyoming electric customers.

Originally from Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, Mike’s career began as a Midshipman at the US Naval Academy (class of 1986). In 1985 Mike was elected by his teammates to be the Captain of the Lightweight Crew Team. Professionalism and integrity were instilled in Mike through his training and service at the Naval Academy and throughout his naval career.

Mike has earned multiple Navy and DoD awards and earned a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from The Colorado School of Mines and Bachelor of Science in Physics from the US Naval Academy. Mike continues to support the Boy Scouts of America in service through a troop in Boulder, Colorado. He resides in Casper, WY with his wife, Jody.

Mike has three sons, 1LT Ben Morrissey (Army), Nick and Zach.

Ben, graduated from West Point in 2017. He has passed the Special Forces Assessment and Selection course and has been accepted into the Q-course for Green Beret training beginning in May 2021. He is currently serving as a battle captain at the Joint Forces Operation Task Force base in Erbil, Iraq and will be flying back to Fort Campbell, KY this coming weekend. He’ll have some quarantine time, holiday leave and then off to jump school at Fort Benning before beginning the Q-course in May.

Nick, is a Master SCUBA diver and ski instructor at the ski resorts in Colorado. He is working on his degree at University of Colorado.

Zach, is a Computer Science major at University of Colorado and expects to graduate in August 2021. He also works part time at a ski resort above Boulder called Eldora. 

Commander (Ret.) Thomas Arnold

Commander Arnold graduated from the Naval Academy in 1968 at the height of the Viet Nam War. He applied to the Naval Academy the beginning of his high school senior year and was selected on his third application.

In 1971 Commander Arnold served in Vietnam as the advisor to the commanding officer of a Coastal Group in the Mekong Delta. The unit’s boat had the job of patrolling the rivers and canals. He commanded a small team of Americans who advised Vietnamese troops and participated in their operations. He served as a forward air controller riding on Vietnamese armored gunboats and controlling the American helicopter gunships during their operations.

Upon returning to the U.S., Commander Arnold was an instructor at the Navy Riverine Warfare School in Coronado CA. He left active duty to open his own business. He continued to serve in the Navy Reserves and became an Intelligence Officer, eventually retiring from the Reserves as the Commanding Officer of a Reserve Intelligence Unit. Recently he served as a volunteer admissions officer (Blue and Gold Officer) for the US Naval Academy.

Commander Arnold and his wife, Karen, have three grown children.

Captain (Ret.) Jody Jennings

Jody Jennings retired as a Captain in 2013 after a career as a Navy Intelligence Officer. She is married to Mike Morrissey and is currently an accounting specialist with Abt Associates. Abt is a global firm that focuses on improving people’s lives through projects that increase crop yields, combatting infectious disease to ensuring safe drinking water and promoting access to affordable housing.

After five years of active duty as a Navy Intelligence Officer Jody joined the Navy Reserves where she led multiple Navy Intelligence commands with over a 100 officers and sailors. Hailing from Reedville, Virginia, Jody’s career began as a Midshipman at the US Naval Academy (class of 1986) in one of the first several classes to graduate women. Her experience at the Naval Academy and her Navy career have prepared her for a life of service, integrity and professionalism.

Jody has earned multiple Navy and DoD awards and earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the US Naval Academy. She resides in Casper, WY with her husband Mike.

Jody has three sons, 1LT Ben Morrissey (Army), Nick and Zach.

Ben, graduated from West Point in 2017. He has passed the Special Forces Assessment and Selection course and has been accepted into the Q-course for Green Beret training beginning in May 2021. He is currently serving as a battle captain at the Joint Forces Operation Task Force base in Erbil, Iraq and will be flying back to Fort Campbell, KY this coming weekend. He’ll have some quarantine time, holiday leave and then off to jump school at Fort Benning before beginning the Q-course in May.

Nick, is a Master SCUBA diver and ski instructor at the ski resorts in Colorado. He is working on his degree at University of Colorado.

Zach, is a Computer Science major at University of Colorado and expects to graduate in August 2021. He also works part time at a ski resort above Boulder called Eldora.

Daniel R. Gallegos. Military Liaison, US Senator John Barrasso

Daniel Gallegos was born and raised in Wyoming. He joined the Army out of High school. During a short brake in service, he discovered that “the Army life was the life for him.” He began his career as a medic. Daniel was part of the 3rd Infantry Division during the Invasion of Iraq, 10th Mountains Division during the surge, as well as a part of KFOR in Kosovo. He mentored many officer and enlisted personnel. When his service ended 11 and a half years later, he was a member of a MiTT (Military Transition Team), training and operating with the 5th Battalion, 1st Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army.

Daniel has a BA in Political Science from the University of Wyoming and a Masters in Diplomacy from Norwich University. He is the Military Liaison for US Senator John Barrasso where he assists veterans, service members, and their families with problems.